Taking the longings of the human heart right down to the basics, there are two longings that have plagued us since the beginning of time.
- How to have peace with God.
- How to have peace on Earth.
Every religion, sect, movement, and even cult has tried and failed miserably to achieve the ultimate fulfillment of true peace and tolerance. The reason for this is eluding the modern and educated man: Having peace with God and fellow men can never be realized outside of the reconciling work of the gospel. I would like to demonstrate how christianity is the most tolerant religion today and the only one capable of bringing true peace across nations, cultures and backgrounds. Let’s examine some of the ways in which various popular religions and movements try to attain this ultimate reconciliation and then see how they stack up juxtaposed to true biblical Christianity.
Jehovah’s Witnesses & The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society : Peace with God and on the earth – There will be only 144,000 “spiritual brothers” that will have a resurrection to heaven and a “spirit life.” According to their argument, Jesus removed the effects of Adam’s sin by his sacrifice on Calvary, but the work will not fully be completed until the survivors of Armageddon return to God through free will and become subject to the Theocratic rule of Jehovah. For Jehovah’s Witnesses, reconciliation with God will take place during the Millennial kingdom. Jesus’ true followers are known by the true God, Jehovah, who is not a Trinity.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) : Peace with God and on the earth – Salvation is resurrection, but exaltation to godhood, for eternal life in the celestial heaven, must be earned through self-meriting works. Salvation involves faith in Christ (and), baptism, obedience to the teaching of the Mormon Church, good works, and “keeping the commandments of God which will cleanse away the stain of sin.” Mormons rely heavily on good works and embarking on missions to perform them. The Mormons adhere to four sacred books for direction which are the Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. People were sent to earth for potential exaltation to godhead.
Spiritism : Peace with God and on the earth – Spiritism teaches the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. They believe in continuous existence and a path of endless progression. Spiritists believe the y will receive compensation and retribution for the good and evil done on earth in the “hereafter.” Every soul progresses through the ages to heights, sublime and glorious, where God is love and love is God. Once the wicked compensate for evil deeds, then they may attain a state of justice where they can enter the path that leads to spiritual happiness and progression.
The Bahai Faith : Peace with God and on the earth – The Bahai Faith teaches that salvation is based upon Man’s good works coupled with God’s mercy. They believe the blood of Jesus Christ is not efficacious to cleanse anyone of sin. In the Bahai Faith, the Pauline doctrine of justification, original sin, the Trinity, and salvation are a deformation of Jesus’ teachings. If you practice the principles laid down by Bah’a ‘u’ll’ah, pray, and personally sacrifice to live in accord with character of the divine being revealed in him, salvation will be attained.
The New Age Movement : Peace with God and on the earth – Salvation is accomplished through good works and reincarnation. The New Age Movement denies the doctrine of sin and substitutes reincarnation as the means for atonement. We are entering an age of enlightenment or an aquarian age. The time has come to become servants of evolution and through our own consciousness to release the light, the love, and the wisdom that will bring our reunification of our spiritual estate to it’s fruition.
Islam : Peace with God and on the earth – Salvation is by the will of God through human obedience to God’s law. Jesus is not the Son of God, the only God is Allah, and the Qur’an is the perfect word of Allah.
The simplest way to see how the movements listed above are diametrically opposed to the true word of God is to look at what the Bible says about being reconciled to God and the means by which peace and true tolerance among men can be achieved.
One in Christ Ephesians 2:11-22
Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
The world’s religions and sects offer promises of peace with God and a blissful hereafter. Familiar terms to attain these promises are: works, sacrifice, subject to, obedience to the church, the path, reincarnation, and practicing principles among many others. This is just a small sample of the nonsense that is being offered as a path to heaven, eternal life, or complete fulfillment. Looking at the words of Paul above and the following verse, it’s easy to make this statement: True biblical Christianity is the pinnacle of tolerance and lasting peace. The gospel is open to everyone….it’s all inclusive. Tolerance is exemplified by Jesus’ sacrifice…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Our’s is a God of peace where by he asks us if it is possible, as far as it depends on us…..to live peaceably with all. The Lord Jesus is coming back soon. His invitation to eternal salvation is open to everyone…..that’s tolerance. Are you a Muslim looking for this elusive God and his love? Are you a person looking to card readers, mediums, or astrology for hope? Are you a young person on the college campus wondering what more there is to life? Are you looking to Bahai Faith, Mormonism, political activism, or social justice causes for real meaning?
I want you to know the Lord God of heaven and earth and the one who knows you inside and out already….loves you and want’s you to trust Him as your Lord for this life and the life to come. Jesus’ arms are always open. In Him you will find peace, tolerance, and love that never fades. Short lived man made peace, legislated or emotionally instigated tolerance, and attempts to attain spiritual and eternal peace with God are futile without Jesus…the Prince of Peace. If you want true peace and eternal security….them most important thing I can tell you is to repent.
You are on a collision course with a holy, angry, perfect God and He is about to bring judgement upon this world….moreover, He will bring judgement upon you if you aren’t saved.
If you haven’t repented and asked Jesus to be your Savior, please do it before it’s too late. Cry out, confess, and repent of your sins. The atoning blood of Jesus will cleanse you of all unrighteousness…..if you make Him your Lord. If you want to know about becoming Jesus’ follower and what it means to be saved…..click here.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Matthew 11:27-30 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
All for Him,